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July 12, 2004

Awards and Honors

UCSC Fleet Services cited for environmental efforts

Efforts to create a more environmentally friendly vehicle repair shop have earned UCSC’s Fleet Services Garage certification in the Model Pollution Prevention Shop Program.

From left are John Ison of the state EPA; Wes Scott; technicians Jose Medrano and James Harman; garage manager Ken Taul; student assistant Tory Francisco; technician Ron Hart; Fleet Services coordinator Laura McCann; lead technician Glen Hair;
student assistant Adam Lewis; and Fleet Services office manager Tim Hill

John Ison of the California Environmental Protection Agency presented the certificate to UCSC on June 24. The Model Shop program is a project of the California Department of Toxic Substance Control.

Obtaining the level of Model Shop indicates that the facility has the proper controls in place to protect the environment as well as workers. Use of harsh chemicals is minimized: vehicle parts are washed with hot water or biodegradable chemicals instead of petroleum-based solvents.

Other aspects of UCSC’s pollution control efforts involve the use of biodiesel fuels in all diesel-powered vehicle, and the use of electric vehicles.

Related links:

UCSC mechanics going eco-friendly, Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 26, 2004

Campus taps new breed of electric cars: Currents Online, January 20, 2003


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